Wednesday, May 7, 2014

KCKCC students collect over 4,000 items and cash for Student Food Pantry

KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Kansas City Kansas Community College Student Food Pantry is now well stocked with non-perishable food items, as well as personal care items thanks to a recent collection drive.

KCKCC students from two Human Relations in Business classes used their energy, creativity and dedication for this community service project.

“Our students are so amazing,” said Karen Gaines, business instructor at KCKCC. “This semester, the classes formed teams, and over a four-week period, the teams gathered 4,015 food and personal care items and $135 (most of which was then turned into food and personal care purchases).”

Andrea Chastain, Director of the Student and Community Resource Center (formerly the Community Outreach Counseling Program) at KCKCC, said the food pantry was not large enough to accommodate all the items collected by the students.

“That is a good problem as we now have items in reserve to replenish the shelves,” she said. “I know that our student population appreciates the generosity of all who contributed to the food pantry and those students who participated in the community service projects.”

The KCKCC Student Food Pantry is located in the Student and Community Resource Center and offers non-perishable food and personal-use items to students who need assistance. For further information about these services, contact Andrea Chastain, Director of the Student and Community Resource Center, 913-288-7270 or by e-mail,